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The Ringwald's 'Gay Play Series' wants your gay plays

Posted: Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

FERNDALE The Ringwald Theatre is sounding a call for new, original one-act plays to be performed at their fourth annual Gay Play Series. The Detroit area's only GLBT short play festival is striving to provide early-career writers the opportunity to see their work produced, giving them what is oft-needed exposure.

Last year's expanded festival expanded in scope and received 175 entries from around the world. From those plays submitted, 11 were produced and Kristian O'Hare's "Fanny Packs & Hanky Codes" came out victorious after the audience vote.

Artistic director Joe Bailey said, "It's so gratifying to be prepping the GPS festival for the fourth year! This year's festival is shaping up to be a lot of fun with some great things planned. And, keep your eyes peeled for an exciting announcement coming soon about the past years' winning plays!"

The plays submitted should have a performance time of 30 minutes or less and deal directly with issues or characters that are identified as gay/lesbian/transgender, or contain a gay sensibility. From the initial submission pool, a final line up will be chosen by a panel of judges to be performed at The Ringwald Theatre in June 2013. From those performed, an audience poll will be conducted to select one script that will receive a full production at The Ringwald Theatre.

Submission requirements are as follows:

The Ringwald its their doors on May 11, 2007 with "Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy" and quickly became a mainstay of Detroit's theater community. The Ringwald was named 2009 and 2012 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the readers of Metro Times.

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